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Raphael is a phytoplankton ecologist who wishes to understand the fundamental question: what controls phytoplankton growth and distribution in the ocean? More specifically, how do the multiple interactions of light, macro- and micronutrients and phytoplankton physiology determine the rates, processes, and patterns we observe in the marine environment?


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Kendra is interested in the application of molecular tools and techniques to better understand harmful algal bloom ecology and toxicity.  Her Masters thesis focused on developing a QPCR method to indentify Pseudo-nitzchia species at the Monterey Wharf.  She’s become more involved with algal toxin analysis since joining the Kudela Lab and her current projects include monitoring at the Santa Cruz Wharf and SCOOP.

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Anna completed her masters in 2008. While a student in the Kudela lab, she investigated methods for estimating iron concentrations in coastal waters remotely, and participated in the Gulf of Alaska and Wind to Whales cruises. Currently, Anna is working on creating and updating educational websites and tools for the lab, as well as working with the lab's Imaging FlowCytobots.

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Mariam is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz at the Ocean Science Department. She graduated from the California State University of Los Angeles with an M.S. in Environmental Science and from the University of California Irvine with a B.S. in Earth System Science. She has been an intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory since June 2019. Mariam's research interests are utilizing remote sensing and machine learning to identify and classify marine pollution and coral bleaching.

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Charlie is a PhD student interested in phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms (HABs). His research interests span both San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay, with the motivation of increasing monitoring efforts and understanding of phytoplankton communities in both systems. Charlie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, worked for the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, and joined the Kudela Lab in 2018. When not working, you can find him on his mountain bike in the woods, or surfing a local break in Santa Cruz.

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Aubrey is a Ph.D. student in the Ocean Sciences department at UCSC. She is interested in plankton dynamics with special focus on marine chemical ecology and harmful algal blooms. Aubrey completed an M.S. in marine science at the University of Gothenburg and a B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous research projects include evaluating the use of copepod cues in predicting biotoxins from harmful algal blooms on the Swedish west coast and characterization of ciguatoxins in Caribbean fish at the UK Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science.

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Patrick is a Ph.D. student in the Ocean Sciences department. His research is in understanding the physical and ecological drivers of variability in phytoplankton abundance and community structure. Before starting at UCSC, Patrick worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute for the CeNCOOS program as an oceanographic data manager. He completed an M.S. in Marine Science in the Physical Oceanography Lab at Moss Landing Marine Labs and a B.S. in Biology from the University of San Francisco.

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I’m a PhD student in the Ocean Sciences department. I’m interested in algae-bacteria interactions and using various ’omics methods to study algal toxin biosynthesis. I graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. Some of my previous research projects include investigating the blue mussel gut microbiome, impacts of microplastics on bacterial and viral communities, and the biophysical structure of microbial enzymes.

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Jamie is an undergraduate in bioengineering with a passion for phytoplankton and imaging. Prior to her work in the lab, she built remotely operated marine vehicles and researched image processing techniques for Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) samples. She is currently working on developing a website for manually classifying data collected from the lab’s IFCBs.

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Courtney is a third year undergraduate student studying Environmental Science. She volunteers in the lab and is interested in toxicology. She recently joined the lab group and is excited to learn about the various research projects in the lab.